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July 24, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.25.12

NATA Gets a New President…

Aspen Avionics Wants to get you Connected…

While Avconnect and Cessna take you to the Cloud…

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R&D Is Alive At Cessna

Planemaker Takes On The 100LL Dilemma

By Tom Woodward Cessna is taking an aggressive position in tackling the 100LL dilemma and introducing the Cessna 182 NXT, powered by a SMA turbo diesel engine, producing 230 HP and burning 11 gallons per hour using 30 to 40 percent less fuel.

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New Features, Capabilities Available For Garmin Pilot App

Supports Subscription-Free Weather, Datalink Traffic, Split-Screen, More

Garmin was out of the box at Oshkosh with the introduction of its updated Garmin Pilot app for iOS and Android including support for the GDL 39 portable ADS-B receiver. When paired with a GDL 39, Garmin Pilot can display subscription-free weather and ADS-B datalink traffic information for even greater situational awareness in flight.

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Universal Bluetooth ADS-B Weather & Traffic Receiver At Airventure

XGPS170 Wirelessly Adds ADS-B Weather & Traffic Data To EFB Apps On iPad, Android Devices

Building upon the success of its first universal Bluetooth GPS device, Dual Electronics Corporation today announced the addition of the XGPS170 which provides ADS-B weather & traffic data to electronic flight bag (EFB) apps on iPad and Android tablets. The XGPS170 will be showcased for the first time during the EAA AirVenture Show in Oshkosh this week. 

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Hawker Beechcraft Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Company To Celebrate At EAA Airventure 2012

Hawker Beechcraft is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. HBC will celebrate the milestone anniversary at the EAA Airventure 2012 by inviting attendees to its display for cake and giveaways in the afternoon on Wednesday, July 25.

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Piper At 75 Years

Deliveries And Revenue Continue To Rise in First Half 2012

There aren't a lot of aviation companies that make it to 75 years old, but on Monday at AirVenture, Piper CEO Simon Caldecott provided an update held a news conference to He discussed the 75th Anniversary of the company and the Piper Cub; noting the arrival of 75 in one flight on Sunday. He said over 125 cubs had arrived as of Monday morning.

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Business Disease Infiltrates Fly-In


Hello, my name is ITBOA BNITBOB, and I’m a devastating business disease. My name is an acronym for “In The Business Of Aviation, But Not In The Business Of Business.” I’m like a silent virus roaming around seeking whom I might destroy.

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Lycoming Updates Airventure 2012

UL91 Approved In Europe for Many Engines And Aircraft

Lycoming said at AirVenture Monday that the company is making substantial progress on certification of the series 233 Light Sport aircraft, and that ASTM certification to 2200 hours was complete. Michael Kraft, Senior Vice President and General Manager Lycoming Engines, said the most noteworthy feature is the Dual CDI spark ignition.

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Composite Swing-Winging

The KC-518 Journey Into Production

Last year we wrote about the new totally composite helicopter called the KC-518. It had some interesting innovations and their goal is full certification, but for now, its still a high-end kit.

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NASA Successfully Tests Hypersonic Inflatable Heat Shield

Device Came Through The Atmosphere At Over 7,000 Miles Per Hour

A large inflatable heat shield developed by NASA's Space Technology Program has successfully survived a trip through Earth's atmosphere while travelling at hypersonic speeds up to 7,600 mph.

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ICON A5 To Include Garmin aera 796 GPS System As Standard Equipment

Will Be Integrated At The Top Of The Center Stack In A Custom Bracket

ICON Aircraft announced recently that its A5 light sport amphibian will use the Garmin aera 796 as its standard GPS system. The large-format touchscreen unit is Garmin’s flagship portable and was introduced to critical acclaim in September of 2011. The unit will be integrated at the top of the A5’s center stack with a plug-and-play custom-designed bracket, and will be removable for use outside the aircraft.

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A Bodacious Aircraft

And A Business Opportunity For The Right Person

In the ultra-light area we’ve always been impressed with the Legal Eagle, a small inexpensive, single-seat, single engine aircraft the owner routinely flies several hundred miles to AirVenture each year. However, in the shadow of that aircraft we discovered what appeared to be an enclosed Legal Eagle. Upon closer examination, it turns out to be a one-off aircraft that started out as a Legal Eagle and morphed into something entirely different.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.24.12

The US House Passes and the President Will Be Asked to Sign the Pilot’s Bill of Rights…

The Chinese pavilion opens at Oshkosh…


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Airborne at Oshkosh 07.23.12: Glasair, LOTSA Cubs, Avidyne, RV-1, Dynon, and MORE!!!

Also: Oshkosh Day One Coverage Part One Of Five Part Rod Hightower Interview
It was a big opening day at AirVenture 2012. At a news conference early in the day, we were introduced to the new owner of Glasair, Chinese investor Mr. Fang Tieji. Mr. Fang has many business interests in China, including FBOs but Glasair is his first foray into aviation manufacturing. He and former owner Mikael Via said the airplane would continue to be produced in the U.S.

Airborne--Oshkosh 07.23.12: Glasair, LOTSA Cubs, Avidyne, RV-1, Dynon, and MORE!

Also: Oshkosh Day One Coverage -- Part One Of Five Part Rod Hightower Interview

It was a big opening day at AirVenture 2012. At a news conference early in the day, we were introduced to the new owner of Glasair, Chinese investor Mr. Fang Tieji. Mr. Fang has many business interests in China, including FBOs but Glasair is his first foray into aviation manufacturing. He and former owner Mikael Via said the airplane would continue to be produced in the U.S.

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Gone West: Sally Ride

First American Woman In Space Succumbs To Pancreatic Cancer

Sally Ride, who became a household name after becoming the first American woman to fly in space, passed away Monday at the age of 61. Ride had been diagnosed 17 months ago with pancreatic cancer. In a news release, NASA officials described Sally Ride as a pioneer of a different sort in an agency filled with trailblazers.

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House Passes Pilot's Bill Of Rights

Measure Sent To President Obama For His Signature

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) hailed U.S. House passage Monday of his bill, the Pilot's Bill of Rights (S.1335). Inhofe has worked to pass the legislation for the past year. In the Senate where the bill enjoyed co-sponsorship by 65 other Senators, the measure passed by unanimous consent in June.

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Chinese EAA Pavilion Opened

Chinese And EAA To Work Together To Increase Chinese GA

By Bruce Brandon Chinese aviation officials opened the Chinese EAA Pavilion at OSH Monday morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Approximately one hundred members of the Chinese delegation consisting of consisting of Chinese aviation business leaders and government officials were welcomed to Airventure Mr. Barry Valentine, EAA Director Emeritus. 

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Nothing Like The Original: The RV-1 Is Handed Over To EAA

A Piece Of  Kitplane Aviation History Becomes Part Of EAA's Museum Collection

On Monday afternoon at Phillips 66 Plaza, The RV-1 designed and built by Dick VanGrunsven, which was the basis for the entire line of RV series of aircraft designs, was dedicated in a ceremony in front of hundreds of RV fans that assembled in the hot Wisconsin sun to see it transferred to its new home . . . the EAA  AirVenture Museum.

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Champion Aircraft Unveils Their Xtreme Decathlon At AirVenture

A New Engine And Design Improvements Take The Decathlon Acro-Trainer To A New Level

By Anthony Liberatore Monday morning at EAA's AirVenture, Jerry Melhaff Jr., vice president of engineering for American Champion Aircraft, officially unveiled the Xtreme Decathlon to the Oshkosh press corps. Melhaff said the effort is designed to take their popular Decathlon aircraft to the next level, and the firewall forward work dovetails well with work Champion Aircraft had previously done on their Denali Scout.

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Superior Air Parts Says It Is Slowly Recapturing Its U.S. Market

XP Engine For The Experimental Market Staring To Move Again

Superior Air Parts, in business since 1967, held a news conference at AirVenture Monday to say they are back in business. Since 2010 when they became a subsidiary of the now-Chinese owned portion of the company called Superior Aviation, with a factory now based in Beijing, China, they are slowly recapturing their US market.

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Follow-Up: Glasair Aviation Acquired By US Division of China’s Hanxing Group

A Vision For Creating A General Aviation Industry In China Includes Glasair

ANN broke the news on Saturday, but a news conference Monday at AirVenture made it official. Glasair President Mikael Via introduced Mr. Fang Tieji, Chairman of China based Jilin Hanxing Group co., Ltd, and new owner of Glasair Aviation (Glasair), a general aviation kit aircraft manufacturer based in Arlington, WA.

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Avidyne Provides Update To AirVenture 2012 Attendees

Current Priority Is Getting Products To Market

By John Ylinen Avidyne kicked off the day's news conferences at AirVenture Monday morning, and while no new products were announced, representatives provided an update on the status of their business and products. While the economic climate in GA is not growing, Avidyne says it has seen increased sales of more than 10% in the international sector.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.24.12)

"It is the wish for many Chinese to learn to fly." Source: Mr Fang Tieji, Chairman of the Jilin Hanxing Group.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.24.12)

Jilin Hanxing Group

Glasair made the official announcement of their sale to a Chinese industrialist at AirVenture on Monday. The Jilin Hanxing Group is built up of cooperative joint venture mainly and accessorial domestic enterprises.

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